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Freedom of the Press Foundation launched to protect First Amendment rights

December 18, 2012

1269850054 (1)Yesterday the Freedom of Press Foundation was officially launched. Their press release has a pretty good summary of what this organization is about:

The Foundation is designed to crowd-fund a variety of journalism institutions—both start-ups and established organizations—who are dedicated to aggressive, uncompromising journalism in the vein of Watergate and the Pentagon Papers. The organization’s Board of Directors is comprised of journalists and free expression advocates, including John Perry Barlow, Daniel Ellsberg, Xeni Jardin, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Josh Stearns, and John Cusack.

Basically the FPF allows people to donate to them, and they in turn will pass money on to journalist organizations that promote transparency. Every two months FPF will promote 4 organizations that meet the following criteria:

  1. Record of engaging in transparency journalism or supporting it in a material way, including support for whistleblowers.
  2. Public interest agenda.
  3. Organizations or individuals under attack for engaging in transparency journalism.
  4. Need for support. The foundation’s goal is to prioritize support for organizations and individuals who are in need of funding or who face obstacles to gaining support on their own.

The 4 chosen organizations will be bundled. Anyone wishing to contribute can have their funds split between the 4 organizations in the bundle any way they wish.

This is great news for those that want to contribute to organizations such as Wikileaks; which basically had its funding cut off due to the actions of Senator Lieberman and others in Congress. Allowing government to control their own transparency and accountability is not in the public’s interest. The FPF will help ensure journalists and other free expression advocates are able to continue their important work.

The four organizations chosen by FPF to be in the first bundle are: WikiLeaks, MuckRock News, The National Security Archive, and The UpTake. All of these are worthy causes to donate money to. For more information go to the FPF website.

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